Scholarship

As the cost of education rises, the consequence of having to repeat classes or of being screened out of interview opportunities because of a low GPA has brought scholarship to the forefront of concerns for many parents and administrators. Parents ask about the influence of membership in a fraternity on their son’s progress through school. This is an appropriate question since one of the biggest influences on a student’s performance in school is the attitudes and practices of the group he falls in with on campus.

The following graph, created with data available to the public through Georgia Tech, shows TKE Beta-Pi performance beside several relevant groups. It illustrates the last decade’s grade inflation at the Institute as well as the chapter’s performance–in red–compared to that of all men, all fraternity men, and the IFC grade leader and #10 rank.

SelectedGPAs2014spring

The next graph shows how far below the IFC 1st and 10th place finishers the chapter’s performance was.¬†Anything over the “0” line indicates that TKE performed better.¬†This graph shows that TKE is gradually falling farther behind the IFC scholarship leader–the red dotted line, while the difference between TKE and 10th place in the IFC–the black dashed line–remains more or less constant. The exceptional period during 2005-2007 occurred when the chapter was on social probation as a result of a J-board conviction on hazing charges.

TKEtoTarget2014spring

Support for academic success is an area of great opportunity for the chapter because of its size and resources; remaining in the top 10 of IFC organizations is a “SMART” goal. It is however an area in which the undergraduates have consistently resisted making any significant changes in recruiting, development, or accountability. This situation is not likely to change unless alumni are able and willing to establish and enforce consequences for the undergraduates.

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